Military enters 21st century, with some lagging behind

I FOUND the views of Michael Barton, a retired Marine, to be a disgrace to the institution that he once served (“Change would erode military, set women on brutal course,” Letters, Jan. 29). Not only does he want to keep women in the proverbial kitchen, but he espouses the dangerous view of “evil” as some sort of tangible force that can be identified, labeled as the enemy, and then destroyed.

Every human being has the capacity for great good and for great evil, and it is only when we recognize the capacity of both within ourselves that we can achieve the possibility of peace with other nations. I am relieved to know that Barton has retired, and that the military has moved on into the 21st century without him.

Gina Fried


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